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Fort Horn provided refuge before the ‘Big Runaway’

August 10, 2008
By DAVID KAGAN Sun-Gazette Correspondent

During its brief existence of about a year in 1777-78, Samuel Horn's stockaded dwelling on the southern bank of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River just east of present-day McElhattan, provided a place of refuge for the area's settlers when threatened by American Indians. Those Indians were incited both by the promise of British gold (the Revolutionary War was ongoing) and by their own anger over the white settlers "squatting" on Indian land on the north side of the river.

 
 
 

 

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